A treatment plan will vary depending on the location of the pinched nerve. The most common treatment for a compressed nerve is rest. Physical therapy may help strengthen and stretch the muscles in the affected area to relieve pressure on the nerve. Anti-inflammatory drug can also help a compressed nerve. When those treatments fail, surgery may be recommended.
“Most common is the carpal tunnel release,” Dr. Riggenbach says. “You’re releasing a ligament that’s causing pressure on the median nerve in the middle of the wrist. It’s causes numbness in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and part of your ring finger.”
When surgery is performed, the surgeon will typically create an incision and then cut the ligament to allow more room for the nerves when the ligament grows back. This relieves some of the pressure put on the nerves.
“Usually the surgery has a very quick turnaround, very little downtime,” Dr. Riggenbach says. “Depending on the stage of the compression of the nerve, it gets very good results.”